October 28, 2018

I'm Back Life Update


I haven't blogged in almost two months. Today I am updating you on why I've been away. 

Hi everyone!

Gosh it's been so long since I posted and I've missed it and you. Today I want to give you an update as to where I have been and why I've been away from my blog. I live in South Carolina for those who didn't know that and I live on the coast. In September we had Hurricane Florence come through. While she was a direct hit on North Carolina just above the state line to South Carolina what we got here was flood waters. Flood waters that are now historic to my area. This area had never seen before the amount of water and flooding we received from this storm in the entire history of the state, meaning as far back as records are kept. 

Hurricane Florence stalled over us dumping a ton of water and just making things miserable for four days. She came in on a Thursday evening and didn't leave until Sunday evening. Unfortunately on that Sunday evening my husband got very sick and I had to call an ambulance. It turned out he had a bowel obstruction. He spent four days in the hospital. Thanks be to God he did not require surgery but I can tell you what he had to endure to not require surgery was awful and I am grateful it's over for him and myself. 

During my husbands illness and hospital admittance the river here began to flood. And flood, and flood some more. Areas that had never seen water were now under water. It was terrible and still is. I am so very grateful to God that where my house is located, it seems the water was on the street behind me and the street in front of me but we stayed dry. There were many roads and bridges washed out and just this past week did the one main road to my home open up. During the flooding we were trapped in our development for about three days because all roads in and out were flooded. It was not a good feeling. Once some opened up travelling was a nightmare to say the least. Trips that should have taken ten minutes were taking me an hour one way. This went on for two weeks. 

It is now almost November and people are still trying to recover from the waters. Some had flood insurance others didn't. Many, many people have lost everything. Many will never be able to return to their homes. Many are destitute with no options. I am going to share with you just a few photos I have of the flood waters and I ask that you please keep the people of my town in your prayers. Many are suffering terribly from this and will for a long time come. 

On a personal note, I hope to be back to posting a few times a week and I hope you'll come see me. 

Entire neighborhood under eight feet of water. 
HWY 22 leading to my town under water
 One of the neighborhoods in my town after the flood waters receded. 
 Another neighborhood in town after flood waters receded.

 Businesses in town under water 

 More businesses

The main road that leads to my house. This is only one wash out. There were three on this same road. 




13 comments:

  1. Robyn,I can't even imagine what all those people including yourself went through and the fact that your husband had that battle on top of it is almost too much. I have been praying for all those effected by the storm everyday....my heart breaks for them. Hope your getting back to some kind of normal and that Lou is feeling better with each day....take care of yourself and him....I know you have your hands full....lifting you up my friend....xoxo....Debbie

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    1. hi Debbie, In all honesty Debbie, while we were going through it, physically I was wiped but mentally I didn't become exhausted until it was all over. I just kept pushing myself and doing what I had to do . I'm like my mom, do what you have to do and then fall apart when it's over. Now that the main road to my house is finally open since this week there is some sense of normalcy again and I"m grateful for it. Lou is doing well. You know how it is. With all his health issue's and mine, it's a day by day thing. Thank you for the prayers Debbie.. Sending my love to you XO

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  2. Dear Robyn. Now that I have read your post, I am truly thankful that you took time to respond to Diana request for prayer for my husband. I am shocked by your pictures. I will be praying for your and your husband too. I will put you on my "follow" so I can read more about you. Love in Christ. Wanda

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    1. Hi Wanda,
      Thank you for coming by my blog and for your prayers as well. They are a priceless gift. XO

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  3. Oh my goodness, I am so glad your home wasn't flooded, and that your husband is alright. I can't even imagine the kind of devastation all that water and the storm caused. Praying for the areas affected. I am glad you stopped and said hello on my blog, so glad to meet you!

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    1. Hi Kathleen,
      I too am incredibly grateful we didn't get any water. Everytime I drive through those neighborhoods that did I cry just looking at the devastated lives. It is hard to imagine. I have no idea how one would even begin to pick up the pieces afterwards. Thank you so much for coming to my blog today and commenting and I am glad to meet you too! :)

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  4. Wow, I can't imagine going through any of this awful flooding and losing everything. In my teens, we had a few hurricanes that flooded us pretty bad. Backyard and basement flooded, and water came up into first floor of house a few inches. I was a kid back then so I never really realized the sinking feelings my folks had and how difficult a time they had getting things back to normal. I do remember the National Guard coming by with pumps to help pump out folks' houses and basements. I guess this is why kids are naïve. As an adult, I can't imagine how I would deal with this type of disaster. I can just pray for all those folks who were devastated by the storm.

    I hope your hubby is okay now. Some hospital procedures are pretty awful. Hopefull he is on the mend now. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm glad you're back to blogging. You have a wonderful evening, hugs, Edna B.

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    1. Hi Edna,
      I agree. I saw it and I still can't imagine it. I drive through these neighborhoods and I cry at all the devastated lives especially for those who did not have flood insurance because they don't usually live in a flood zone. I don't even know where one would begin to recover. We had the National Guard here for weeks helping people, doing water rescues, building temporary damns to try and stop the flooding.It was awful. When we were locked in our development, I don't know how but the Red Cross was coming back here and bringing all of us lunch and dinner everyday because no one could get out and even if you could the stores were all closed. We used to get hurricanes in New Jersey where I grew up but like you said, as a child, it didn't have a huge impact because I didn't understand. My husband is doing well now, it was a rough few days and the procedure to keep him from surgery was really really rough on him but he's had so many surgeries it was the last thing he wanted again and I can't say I blame him. Thank you so much for coming over to my blog Edna and commenting. I hope you have a fantastic week. XO

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  5. Robyn, I hate floods worse than anything. Winds are not as damaging. Once the water recedes, the home have to be stripped and clean and dried out to prevent molds. But if the water has stood for long periods, just like your roads, there can be wash out under foundations. Water is scary. Freak floods can happen, but living near rivers I would have flood insurance. I pray for all of you who were in the and hurricanes. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Hi Susie,
      I agree with everything you said and it is frightening. For some of these people they lived by what is technically called a "swamp" but it's not really a swamp it's more like a small and I mean small body of water so they weren't in a flood zone so they didn't buy insurance.. It was the storm because it dropped so much water those small bodies of water became HUGE rivers.. I live far enough away from the Waccamaw River that we have never gotten water in my house or even close to coming in but the block behind me and the block in front of me did get 'some' water so next year we are purchasing flood insurance because of this storm taught me anything it taught me that just because it's never happened before doesn't mean it can't.. Thank you so much for stopping by Susie and commenting :)

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  6. Oh Robyn, my heart just goes out to those poor people. Water does so much damage. How can one even recover?

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    1. Honestly, I don't even know where these people are to begin.. It's so overwhelming. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting :) XO

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  7. I can't imagine going through this. So glad you were spared. Hope your hubby is doing okay now. Yikes! Must've been so scary!

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~Robyn~ XO